What happens when I travel into the City to meet Juliet at her office at Mushens Entertainment?
The giant poster of Anya Taylor-Joy dressed as a seventeenth-century woman greeted me.
Funny. I’d just started reading The Miniaturist, and it seems I’ve just walked into the office of the literary agent who made that all possible.
I have been given an amazing opportunity. But Juliet’s a busy woman so we sat down and jumped into it. We had three topics to cover:
I hadn’t updated my spreadsheet so that knocked that off the list.
Instead we did a deep-dive into developmental editing. We swapped reports: mine was forty pages while hers was around ten.
Hers was much easier to read. Mine is overstuffed with information.
By trying to help authors, I’m overwhelming them. Well, that’s not helpful. Juliet advised that I provide them the same information, but in a place they can access it if and when they want to look at it.
We decided that I’d remove all the explanations, create blog posts with links to this information, and scale down the report to a maximum of fifteen pages and we moved on.
There were audible gasps in the room when I discussed what I was seeing with my time audit.
It’s not that my time wasn’t being well-managed; my time wasn’t being managed at all, and I was making myself a slave to my desk and the computer gods.
Here are my excuses for my time-management issues:
Now that I’m finished with excuses, it’s time to move forward with what I’m going to do about them.
I really enjoyed going into the office and meeting Juliet and her team. As I was putting on my coat, Juliet asked what I liked to read. “Historical fiction!” She then handed me a cute ME tote bag full of books. Christmas came early this year!
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